Martina with about a thousand dogs Martina with about a thousand (or so) dogs. Mike with a 30 year old horse: Mike and an big old horse. This baby kitty with extra big paws: This baby kitty. This baby kitty who had a cute, fat, tummy: Kitty being cute. And these kittens wrestling: Kitty wrestling! Oh man, did we have a great day today. This post only covers the afternoon. This morning we went to a quilt show. It was awesome and definitely worthy of its own blog post. I'll get to that later (along with more photos of animals from The Big Ex!). Nova Scotia is just full of things to see and places to go. Today went to Martina's farm - she's one of Dianne's longest friends ever. Martina and her husband, John, gave us the full tour. We met all 41 "heartbeats" on the farm - that does not include humans. They have many horses (I think 10?), some goats, some sheep, a lot of cats and some kittens, so many dogs (I lost count) and a great big gold fish. That's a lot of mouths to feed and plenty of poop to clean up. Martina and John have lots of chores to do on the farm. Many of the animals they took in were rescued - the dogs especially. Thank goodness they were able to take them! Thanks to Martina and John for the tea in the tea tent and for all the hospitality. It was a great afternoon. I smell like barn and dog slobber. It's a glorious perfume! Tonight is our last night in Berwick - we head back across the province tomorrow. Also tomorrow? Lobster night! YES! Lobster for dinner tomorrow! I can't wait for that! I've looking forward to lobster for months! YES! Oh, and it's Mike's birthday tomorrow. We get lobster, Mike! Yahoo! We all win on Mike's birthday tomorrow!

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The REAL Big Apple

by Carol Browne on August 3, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities

The REAL Big Apple I was very excited to tell everyone I met that we were going to Berwick today - and I would be sure to mention that it's The Apple Capital of Nova Scotia. I have to tell you, everyone I told this to laughed at me. For the record, they are all the locals. I guess they weren't impressed with my vast knowledge of Nova Scotia (I have now exhausted all my knowledge of Berwick) or they already knew this about Berwick. Darn. I guess I'm late to the Apple Capital party. Oh well. At least we got here! We drove quite a bit today - across the province three times. It only took an hour to get across - we went across the skinny part of NS. Driving This morning we traveled from Bridgewater across to Berwick. Along this route we drove past a number of Christmas Tree farms, but mostly it was farms and windy roads. Really lovely. The scenery We picked up Dianne and went to Halifax to see Mike's brother and girlfriend for a lazy afternoon of playing Cards Against Humanity and lunch. It was a good time getting caught up and then we drove back to Berwick, where we'll be staying tonight. And tomorrow night! Mike & Dianne We took this photo right in downtown Berwick. And just after I took this photo, this tractor rolled right through downtown. Rush hour in Berwick Yup. The pace is very leisurely around here. I really like it. Guess what we're doing tomorrow? Two words: Quilt. Show.

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“Appley ever after” *

by Carol Browne on August 2, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

Down this path to the beach. We spent the whole day today visiting relatives and Mike's old school pals. *PHEW* That was a lot of socializing packed into one day. Since I took so may photos yesterday, I thought I'd post them up today. And I haven't even posted my fisheye photos of the animals at The Big Ex OR the quilts OR the baking contest where people entered their pies, cakes and tea biscuits. They had a great big display protected in a case. I had to resist the urge to smash in the glass (in case of emergency style!) and eat it all up. There were loaves and loaves of bread along the top shelf. Oh man. I'll show you photos of that later (just the pantry, not me eating 20 loaves of bread in a frenzy.). Anyway, yesterday we hit the beach (shown above) and went for a walk along the shore. Not sunny enough I kind of can't believe I'm here still. The air is fresh and you can smell the sea a lot more than in Vancouver. It's not crowded anywhere. I can hear crickets chirping during the day and virtually nothing at night. It is so quiet here at night. Some trees on the hill. This was a view from the boardwalk at Risser's Beach. It reminded me of the opening credits of one of my all time favourite TV series - Six Feet Under. Tomorrow we're head out to Berwick, home of the Apple Blossom Festival (we are too late for that). And apparently, I am not qualified to be voted in as Apple Blossom Queen. I'm a bit sad I didn't get a chance to live "appley ever after.". Oh well. I'll have to find my fame another way. Onward! Tomorrow we go to Berwick! And see Dianne! It's going to be another fun one. Also, when am I going to post the rest of my animal photos from The Big Ex? I have no idea. I'll sneak them in soon, though. They look so cute with my fisheye lens. *"Appley ever after" was used without permission from the Berwick Apple Blossom Festival website. Good one, Apple Blossom Festival. I wish I had thought of that one! :-)

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Working at the cow wash…

by Carol Browne on August 1, 2015 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Photos

Working at the cow wash, yah! The Big Ex did NOT disappoint. This cow was loving getting a wash down, it was REALLY hot today. I'm talking 26 degrees hot (that's about 78 degrees Fahrenheit for my US friends). The sun was beating down on us all, and by all, I mean, cowboys, tourists, people on rides and my new favourite farm animals, the mighty oxen. A beast of burden. When we got to the exhibition, the ox pull was already in full swing. All I thought was, "I hope I never get reincarnated into an ox. They really are the beasts of burden.". They stood there stoically while the men put weights on what looked like a flat sled. Then, they would have to pull the sled - not far - but once they did, the man over the intercom would say, "That was a good pull."' and then the ox would be disconnected from the sled and move over for the next team to make, "a good pull". I didn't ever see what constituted a bad pull. All oxen were dressed up nicely in collars and head dresses. Even though they have to the most boring job on the farm (pulling heavy stuff) they look pretty good while doing so. I took so many photos of these animals. We visited their barns and I even petted some. They are huge creatures - way bigger than cows and solid and sturdy. Also, they have talents you can't even imagine. Oxen have talents! This was the LUCKIEST shot in the world. While my heart was with the ox, some of the horses were wearing beautiful horsie fashions, like this fancy horse: Horsie head tilt She? Or he? Gave me the horsie head tilt, which I loved.   Across the fairgrounds were the rides. We only took photos of the rides, I didn't go on any of them. I didn't feel like barfing today. But they are beautiful from a distance! The Big Ex rides and stuff I am beat tonight. We also went to the beach twice today and to Lunenburg. I will sleep well, that's for sure.

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We have arrived.

July 31, 2015

It took all day, but we have made it to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Actually, it didn’t feel like it took that long. It only took just under 5 hours to get to Montreal and then an hour from there to Halifax. Our layover was shorter than expected because we had some delays leaving Vancouver. This […]

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Coffee? CHECK!

July 29, 2015

I’m mostly back to my old self with this trip. I had plans to clean up around the house a little bit each night before we go, so of course tonight I cleaned up the bathroom (about three quarters done) and that was about it and did a load of laundry last night (that’s still […]

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The Happy Commuters

July 28, 2015

The happy commuters leaving King George Skytrain Station. My blog was broken AGAIN and I was nearly too impatient to wait for it to be fixed. Tonight I didn’t get quite as much as I wanted to get done before we head to Nova Scotia on Friday. Also, I’ve got to get to bed earlier. […]

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DANCE OFF!

July 27, 2015

Exciting times at Zumba today! The instructors came into the crowd and did a dance off. I had no idea what was happening, but Ruwani yelled out, “OH! DANCE OFF!” once the instructors came down off the stage and parted the crowd Red Sea style. This made two teams and the instructors each took a […]

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We need to go back here.

July 26, 2015

Today we did a little bit of exploring around Richmond. We drove around from one park to another along the Mighty Fraser River. The first park trail we tried was shut down due to extremely dry weather conditions. Even though it rained yesterday and this morning (YAY!) I guess it’s better to be safe than […]

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The baby that hypnotized me

July 25, 2015

I went to the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild today and all I got was hypnotized by this tiny human. He’s the grandson of one of our guild members and pretty much the coolest baby around. He barely made any sounds at all the whole time I was there (from about 1 pm to 4:15). […]

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